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Conclusion

Tom Morello

Lesson time 2:40 min

Tom wraps up his class with a few parting words and an artistic challenge to you: “Envision something that goes beyond what anybody’s imagined before—” and never stop pushing.

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Tom Morello
Teaches Electric Guitar
In 26 lessons, Grammy-winning musician Tom Morello will teach you the guitar techniques, rhythms, and riffs that define his signature style.
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If only I had $1 for every time someone said to me, shut up and play guitar. Stop mixing politics with music. And what I always respond is when I picked up a guitar, I didn't put down my First Amendment rights. I don't think it's important to combine activism and music. It is for me. What is important is to combine what you believe in and the music that you make. Make sure there's not a firewall between who you are, what you believe in, and what you do in your art. There's a extra hot place in hell for artists who have convictions and who stifle them for commercial gain. For me, it's always been damn the torpedoes. This is who I am. This is what I believe in. I can't help myself but let that leak its way into-- pour its way into what I do as a guitarist and as a songwriter. So I'm not encouraging you to be political in your songwriting. What I'm encouraging you to be is honest in your songwriting. And whatever it is that you care about, write about that. But an important part of the human experience is the struggle for a more decent and just planet. An important part of human experience is love, is romance, is sizzurp. But don't-- you can write about-- if that's important to you, then by all means write about it, because I want to hear your authentic story. Right now you're a guitar player, and you don't know what your potential is. So find out. You might be the one to think of things that none of us have ever thought up before. You can use the building blocks that some others have given you. But the future, as my man Joe Strummer said on my favorite rock and roll T-shirt of all time, the future is unwritten. The future's unwritten. There's no telling what it can be. You're the one that can write it. You can stand on the sidelines with your art, with your politics, or you can envision something that goes beyond what anybody's imagined before as an artist or in creating a better world. It's entirely 100% up to you. [MUSIC PLAYING]


Strike a Chord

Tom Morello is a two-time Grammy winner and one of Rolling Stone’s "greatest guitarists of all time." In his first online guitar class, the co-founder of Rage Against the Machine will teach you the riffs, rhythms, and solos that launched his career and sent his music to the top of the charts. Tom will share his approach to making music that challenges the status quo and teach you how to create your own musical style.



Reviews

4.7
Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I never listen to his music before I loved what he had to say and found his experience in the music industry insightful. He gave me great advice on playing the guitar and being your own person. Will use some of his lessons on practice, writing my owns music and experimenting on my guitar.

A truly masterful masterclass. Tom Morello is equal parts inspirational, educational, and sensational. A very well-spoken teacher gifted at getting to the heart of the matter, no matter the topic.

First MC; impressed with format and production value. The video pep talks are nice, Glad there are tabs to play in the workbook. now for the practice.

Tom is just amazing. I've always really loved his style and looked up to him. I'm very grateful he's done this class.


Comments

Bakerru

I was a kid when I discovered RATM & Tom Morello through Guitar Hero lll. 10+ years later I was taking lessons on an actual guitar with Tom Morello himself. The universe works in weird ways. Perfect course.

Jaime H.

Tom, thank you so much. Fantastic. Such an excellent, educational and inspiring class. I hope to do it justice.

Vickie V.

I get so annoyed when I hear people say that artists need to shut-up and play. What they believe often fuels their art. Also, can you imagine if someone told you that you didn't have the right to talk about anything other than whatever it is you do for a living? If you don't like it, don't buy their stuff. Move on.

Angela K.

I have never played guitar in my life. I took this class to get life lessons, but the class was so remarkable and fascinating that I can’t wait to start jamming away. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

A fellow student

SOOOOOOOOO GOOOODDDDD!!!! Tom you're actually insane. This masterclass has helped me improve as a guitar player and artist like I never thought possible. I am so glad this is a thing and can't thank you enough. Forever a legend thank you so much! Love you man.

Wilfred

Tom Morello is a great teacher. I loved this masterclass. I could not ask for anything more. It was perfect.

Chris C.

Incredibly insightful & a Real fire stoker! As a fellow Bruce fan, I remember seeing the video of that Anaheim show, and seeing the look on Bruce’s face, as he watched that solo go down, and feeling the joy he felt, as he saw something happen that he never envisioned. Had the same chance to take my 12 year old daughter to see Bruce & you play ... at the time, your solo was what she most looked forward to. Thanks for sharing your passion! Look forward to more classes from you.

MJ V.

Awesome class. I am a singer/songwriter/producer/pianist with basic guitar knowledge. This class has given me incuragement in all fields and make me believe I can be a great guitarist as well, by tuning into my own uniqueness and my eagerness to learn. Thanks Tom! :)

RENE G.

Never is too late. The future is unwritten. I am a banker in my 40s and I formed a band for an event in 2018, unfortunately two of the members were moving out of the city. But I am not giving up and I will form a new band in 2019. Keep on rocking in the free world!

Alfredo L.

Excellent. I took this course because I wanted to be a rocker when I was young. Too bad there was not a course like this then. After hearing Tom I felt eager to try the music again. It is truly inspiring. I think I'm going to take it again. Tom gives everything he knows so easily